Arsenal broke through Watford’s seemingly impenetrable defense with a late second-half barrage to come up with a 3-0 victory Saturday at Vicarage Road. Notching their third straight Premier League win and now 11 goals in that span, the Gunners leapfrogged Manchester United and West Ham United for second place.
Forward Alexis Sanchez scored his sixth goal of the year in the 62nd minute, off a Mesut Ozil’s assist. The German playmaker would also find Olivier Giroud six minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who struggled on a few goal-scoring chances in the first half, would later put the match out of Watford’s reach with a strike in the 74th minute off defender Hector Bellerin’s assist.
Arsenal managed to break past a highly organized Watford backline that had allowed only seven goals in their eight previous matches amidst a bit of controversy. Sanchez scored by collecting a rebound and firing into the net after Ozil was tripped up in the box, but referee Mike Jones allowed play to continue and later offered a yellow card to forward Odion Ighalo.
The Gunners ceaseless attacking pressure led to the second goal in the 68th minute, with Ozil this time hustling for a loose ball in Watford’s box and firing an assist to Giroud for a shot right in front of the net and past keeper Heurelho Gomes.
Minutes later, Bellerin would coast down the right sideline and complete a stellar run with an assist to the lingering Ramsey smack in the middle of the box. The Welshman powered home the shot into the net and Arsenal proved triumphant.
Up next for Arsenal is a Champions League date against Bundesliga titan Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Watford will face Stoke City on the road on Saturday.